Love And Self-control

The quote in C. S. Lewis’s, The Screwtape Letters kept drifting through my mind when considering this post on self-control. When I came across the quote in another post, I knew I had my answer. Let’s take a look at the quote.

Boy on a Rock Center of His Wheel Erik Cox copyrightNo longer desiring

 Spiritual deserts can leave us dry and empty.

Still intending

Where else do we go when He is everything?

Every trace of God has vanished

Storms can erase every trace of His hands…for a while. Of course, we know even when we can’t see His hands, we can trust His heart!

Asks why

Have you ever asked why? I have.

Feels forsaken

In certain circumstances, the enemy will try to convince us that God has forsaken us.

Still obeys

So what makes a person obey when their life is in shambles, and there seems to be no evidence of God’s hand in their life?

For me it’s Love.

When I think of my relationship with the Lord, I think of marriage. When I fell in love, I had eyes for no other. My heart was pledged to one. In good times or bad times, I know he loves me even when I don’t understand him. Hubby’s love gives me strength.

It’s the same way with our relationship with the Lord. His love gives us the strength to face the hardest circumstances. Our love for Him and the work of the Holy Spirit in us produces self-control in us. We shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease Him. Just as we shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease our earthly spouse. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Falling in love makes everything easier.

Storms will come. At times, there’ll be no sign of deliverance. But if we love Him as He loves us, then we will still obey.

Your turn. Tell me what keeps you intending and obeying. Both actions require self-control.

 

Surely Goodness and Mercy

Psalm 23 flock

This past year has been a time of remembrance of God’s goodness and mercy as I wrote my soon-to-be-released memoir. The other side of this valley is nothing short of God’s goodness and mercy.

We serve an awesome God!

True, there are things we can accomplish on our own. But only God can turn an impossible this to a that, an improbable here to a there, and an inconceivable do to a have done. All we must do is move from where we are, trust Him, and rest assured His goodness and mercy follow close behind.

So if you are in a hard place, don’t give up. God wastes nothing. He will bring a good from every situation.

Reflection: How do you see God’s goodness and mercy when looking back through your life?

Goodness is…

Good morning, dearest reader! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit with me. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated!

This month’s theme is goodness! How do you describe goodness?

Webster defines goodness as the state or quality of being good. The words kindness, generosity, benevolence are added to the list. And finally, we read the best part, essence, or valuable element of a thing.

When we think of goodness, we may be tempted to look upon our temporal blessings. Unfortunately, the danger in that is our perspective in the seasons of want, despair, and loss. For example, in the good times we praise Him, and in the bad times, we complain.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been guilty of this very thing. 😦

Yet the Lord’s goodness should never be measured by our physical circumstances. He is good all the time!

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:8

The writer states it very well in the video! Enjoy!

 

Reflection:

How has God been good to you? Have you in turn shown that goodness to others?